John, I alternate between two keyboard layouts that are nearly identical
except that the "Outlining Keyboard" allows me to use a keystroke to
toggle the outlining mode that does not require the control key, my
default keyboard does not have this installed.
With outlining mode off, Return and Tab (and Shift-Tab) work the usual
way, _almost_ like with the default keyboard, _except_ that because the
Tab key is reconfigured to invoke a macro, it does not work in dialog
boxes. I do have another keystroke to simulate the Tab in dialog boxes,
but for simplicity I use the default keyboard when not outlining.
BTW, I just remembered (and verified) that whereas, in SS on Tiger at
least, Control-Tab and Control-Shift-Tab don't work for outlining, but
Control-Return does -- so for simple paragraph numbering I can use this
without going into outlining mode. I will be interested to see your
macro for that.
>>> When this mode is on (for those on the list who have not
>>> encountered this yet), you press return to create a new topic in
>>> the outline, tab to "demote" the current topic and its subtopics
>>> by one level to the right, and shift-tab to "promote" same by one
>>> level to the left. I've also created keystrokes for some other
>>> outlining commands (Move Outline Topic, for example). I highly
>>> recommend this option to enhance John's excellent outliner
> Tom, that's really the way to do it if you use outlining enough. Does
> your keyboard layout have a second set of alternative keystrokes, for
> the regular return/tab/back tab functions?
>>>>> (Interestingly, on an old MBP running Tiger, I find the old
>>>>> 21-07-2008 versions of SS to be the most stable for WP and
>>>>> other apps.)
My MBP is indeed Intel and could run later OS versions, but Tiger has
generally treated me well. The 2008 SS builds (21-07-2008), in both the
software-cursor and the hardware-cursor versions, are the only ones that
have rarely if ever quit on me or frozen WP. The latest build
(2012-07-15) works well but still sometimes freezes. I expect different
results with the new machine, running Snow Leopard and Lion, that I am
slowly deploying; will be trying out your and Ed's installers.
> Is this an Intel machine? Do you run Sheepshaver on another machine?
> This is very interesting, since I've never used a 2008 release of SS;
> I included the Oct. 2009 release since I feel most comfortable with
> it overall, although there have been several later versions.
Thanks to both of you for your great work on this. Tom